As part of their process in making the leap from students of communication to proficient communication specialists, seniors in the spring 2021 capstone seminar for Communication & Media created a set of six original podcast series. These podcast series—on coffee and cultural identity, the unspoken origin stories of popular libations, history as it is represented (and misrepresented) in Hollywood films, the significance of memes in dealing with natural disasters and human catastrophes, anime and its role in reconciling fantasy with reality (and vice versa), and the contradictions of so-called cancel culture—were developed over weeks and months of pre-production, scriptwriting, production, editing, and ultimately broadcast. They aired on WCUW as part of the program, “The College Connection.”

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Submissions from 2021

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Episode 1: "The American Civil War Through the Eyes of a Spaghetti Western", Daniel Carito

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Episode 2: "Blood, Guts, and Mel Gibson's Emotional Take on Scottish Independence", Daniel Carito

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Episode 3: "Reflection: Heroes in Black Panther's Take on the Fight for Change, Daniel Carito

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Episode 1: "Cancelled Books", Isabella DeScenza

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Episode 2: "Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences", Isabella DeScenza

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Episode 3: "Keeping Up With the Cancelled", Isabella DeScenza

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Episode 1: "Welcome to the Jungle", Amber LaBonte

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Episode 2: "Easy Money?", Amber LaBonte

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Episode 3: "The Best Medicine", Amber LaBonte

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Episode 1: "Moving Forward: Eren Yeager", Andrew Lamb

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Episode 2: "Warrior Spirit: Reiner Braun", Andrew Lamb

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Episode 3: "Creating a Leader: Erwin Smith", Andrew Lamb

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Episode 1: "What is American Coffee Culture?", Lily O'Connor

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Episode 2: "The History of the Café", Lily O'Connor

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Episode 3: "The Last Sip", Lily O'Connor

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Episode 1: "Dating the Distillery: Vodka Edition", Sydney Tappan

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Episode 2: "Behind the Juniper Berries: Gin Edition", Sydney Tappan

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Episode 3: "Piña to Margarita: Tequila Edition", Sydney Tappan